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Mapping ecological distribution conflicts : The EJAtlas
Martínez Alier, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)

Date: 2021
Abstract: This article describes the origins of the terms "environmental justice" and "environmentalism of the poor and the indigenous" since the 1980s. In 2012 the collection of "ecological distribution conflicts" (EDC) in an Atlas of Environmental Justice (the EJAtlas) started. The EJAtlas reached 3350 entries by January 2021. Such conflicts arise because the industrial economy is not circular, it is entropic. Since the industrial economy is entropic, it continuously looks for new energy and material sources at the "commodity extraction frontiers", and for waste disposal sites. There are counter-movements of resistance, which become also "valuation system contests" since the participants in such movements (environmental organizations, indigenous peoples, peasants, neighbors and citizens) display different values. Examples recorded in the EJAtlas are given from different continents while answering the questions: Why did the world movement for environmental justice come into being, and which type of social movement is it? The relevance of the EJAtlas for research on comparative, statistical political ecology but also on business economics and management, is noticed.
Grants: European Commission 695446
Note: Unidad de excelencia María de Maeztu CEX2019-000940-M
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Language: Anglès
Document: Article ; recerca ; Versió publicada
Subject: Ecological distribution conflicts ; Circular economy ; Commodity frontiers ; EJAtlas ; Environmentalism of the poor ; Environmental justice ; Valuation contests ; Political ecology ; Iconography
Published in: The extractive industries and society, Vol. 8, Issue 4 (December 2021) , art. 100883, ISSN 2214-790X

DOI: 10.1016/j.exis.2021.02.003

16 p, 27.2 MB

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